Tropical Depression Two become Beryl in the Atlantic

Pablo Tucker
July 8, 2018

National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic on Thursday that is predicted to become a Tropical Storm in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Beryl is located about 1140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west at 14 mph (22 km/h). Maximum sustained winds were down to 60 miles per hour and it was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

We could have a third name storm soon, as the National Hurricane Center just upgraded a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas to a tropical depression.

A tropical depression forms when a low-pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce a circular wind flow with maximum sustained winds below 39 miles per hour.

That said, the area of disturbed weather could enhance moisture in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday, leading to an uptick in shower and thunderstorm activity.

SPECIAL FEATURE: At 11am today, Tropical Depression Two formed over the central Tropical Atlantic.

Upper-level winds will become hostile well before the system approaches the Lesser Antilles this weekend.

NHC forecasters say that a faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through the weekend. It is projected to cross the islands late Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and then weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea. Colorado State forecasters Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell expect there will 10 named storms in the 2018 season that began on June 1, below average for the period. Tropical storm watches were in place in Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius, according to the hurricane center.

A separate storm could develop off the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, but isn't likely to directly impact land.

We'll continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression Two.

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